The Hamburg friends Walter, Ricco and Floyd take each day as it comes between the estates of tower blocks and fast food restaurants. All three are in their early twenties and are dreaming of another life when Floyd suddenly takes a job on a freighter going to Singapore. The three friends spend their last night together before the boat sails the next morning. It will be the night of a lifetime. GIGANTIC is a melancholic comedy about friendship, parting and the spirit of the nineties.

Sebastian Schipper joined his first theater group at the age of 16. He put on a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at his school and began studying to become an actor at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich shortly after completing his A-levels. Employment at Munich’s Kammerspiele theater followed his studies; he also appeared in his first short films and ultimately his first feature-length film, ABSOLUTE GIANTS, produced by Tom Twyker and X Filme, for which he also wrote the screenplay. The film A FRIEND OF MINE, with Daniel Brühl und Jürgen Vogel followed in 2004, and in 2008 he appeared in SOMETIME IN AUGUST, an adaption of Goethe’s Elective Affinities with Marie Bäumer und Milan Peschel. Since Sebastian Schipper played one of the principals in Tykwer’s film 3, he has had a steady stream of roles. Currently in production is the thriller GOD OF RAGE, an international project produced by Tom Tywker.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Sebastian Schipper
Screenplay Sebastian Schipper
Cinematography Frank Griebe
Andrew Bird
Cast Antoine Monot Jr., Florian Lukas, Frank Giering, Julia Hummer
Producer Stefan Arndt
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ARTE, NDR/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ghent 1999, Shanghai 1999, Gijon 1999, Gothenburg 2000, Rotterdam 2000, Sundance 2000, Berlin 2000, Zlín 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung fuer Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien (BKM)
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

World Sales
Bavaria Media International